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Jack Latta
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PRESTONSBURG — Four schools were recognized for energy savings, during Monday’s special Floyd County school board meeting in Prestonsburg.

As budgets tighten, schools have begun to place greater importance on energy conservation as a method of reducing costs. Adams Middle School, Prestonsburg Elementary School, Allen Elementary and Betsy Layne High School were all recognized during Monday’s meeting by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet as “Energy Star Schools.”

Greg Guess, director of efficiency and conservation, was on hand to present the awards. Guess highlighted briefly how the schools’ energy savings can help reduce costs.

Allen Central High School and Stumbo Elementary School have previously been recognized as Energy Star Schools.

Prestonsburg High School was featured as the spotlight school during the meeting, and staff members were present to note its current graduation rate of 83.6 percent, two governor’s scholars, and $2 million in scholarship money earned by PHS students last year. Prestonsburg High School principal Jerry Butcher also pointed out that the school had improved its attendance by 3 percent from the previous year.

Board Member Sherry Robinson commended the school and its staff. “I gave you a hard time last year over your attendance,” said Robinson. “Three percent is a big improvement.”

School board members also heard reports on the current state of their construction projects. Work is progressing at Prestonsburg High School Gym, and on the Allen Central High roof.

Also the new turf fields at Prestonsburg High School and Betsy Layne High School are now both complete. When asked why the fields weren’t given a multi-use stripe pattern to include soccer, Henry Webb pointed out that Prestonsburg already has a home field for soccer at Stonecrest, and that Betsy Layne has thus far not been able to field a team. Webb says that if Betsy Layne were to get a team, that the new field could be re-striped to incorporate soccer lines.

Monday’s school board meeting began with a moment of silence for fallen board employee, Chris Shepherd, who died recently in a motorcycle accident.

School begins Tuesday, August 7, for Floyd County students.

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